February 15, 2019

MLB Story
By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: August 10, 2016 11:35:41 PM


Yankees remain above .500 after win over Red Sox

BOSTON -- The New York Yankees have had a remarkable knack for staying above .500 lately.
Ever since being one game below at 45-46 on July 17, New York has remained north of the even mark.
With five chances to drop below since, with the most recent after Tuesday's loss, the Yankees have continuously found a way to stay afloat.
Including Wednesday night's 9-4 win over the rival Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, which bumped their record to 57-56.
"That's what we see a lot of times (with) Yankees (and) Red Sox," New York manager Joe Girardi said after his team's four hour, 15-minute marathon victory. "Long games ... to play nine innings. To me, it was a typical game."
Starlin Castro played the hero with his two-run double to cap a five-run seventh inning.
Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez each slugged solo home runs, and Austin Romine, Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley each added RBIs for the Yankees (57-56), who avoided falling below .500 for the first time since July 17.
Alex Rodriguez was greeted with boos from the Fenway fans when he entered as a pinch-hitter for Aaron Hicks with two on and nobody out in the seventh, but flied out to right field.
"There are certain situations that I'm going to use him as a pinch hitter, and I liked it," Girardi said.
"I was looking for a three-run homer, and I went to him."
The 41-year-old Rodriguez, who will play his final game with the Yankees on Friday in New York before retiring, is scheduled to start Thursday's series finale.
Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi departed with right elbow discomfort before the top of the second inning after throwing only 12 pitches in the first. The hard-throwing right-hander was sent back to New York for further evaluation.
"It's frustrating, it's concerning, but we really won't know anything until probably (Thursday) night," Girardi said.
It was the shortest outing of Eovaldi's career, tossing one fewer pitch than he did in a Sept. 12, 2011, relief appearance with the Los Angeles Dodgers during his rookie season.
Tyler Clippard (1-0), the Yankees' sixth of eight pitchers, picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Dellin Betances pitched the ninth.
Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia each drove in a run for the Red Sox (61-51).
Drew Pomeranz fell short in his fifth attempt to notch his first win with the Red Sox, allowing Gregorius' 14th homer of the year and five more hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The first-time All-Star southpaw is 0-2 with three no-decisions and a 5.26 ERA after allowing 15 runs in 25 2/3 innings since being acquired in a July 14 trade from San Diego.
Fernando Abad (1-6), another Boston trade-deadline acquisition, took the loss after surrendering Castro's double.
The Red Sox scored twice in the sixth on Pedroia's single and Bogaerts' groundout to build a 4-1 lead, but the Yankees answered with their big fifth.
Romine and Ellsbury slapped RBI singles to bring New York within a run and Headley tied it with his single.
Sanchez slugged his first career homer to straightaway center in the eighth and both Romine and Rob Refsnyder scored on wild pitches to pad the lead.
"As a bullpen, we let that get away from us tonight," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Betts left the game before the top of the eighth with right calf tightness and was replaced by Brock Holt in right field.
Betts is doubtful to play Thursday.
David Ortiz fouled a ball off his right knee in the ninth and fell to the ground in pain before being helped off the field. Bryce Brentz pinch-hit for Ortiz.
Ortiz went for X-rays after the game.
"Any time you lose a guy that's going to the Hall of Fame, that's going to hurt pretty bad," Betts said of Ortiz. "Hopefully, he can get well."
Chasen Shreve relieved Eovaldi and posted a scoreless second but surrendered a run on Betts' third-inning groundout.
Blake Parker came on after Shreve but suffered a similar fate on Benintendi's bases-loaded groundout in the fourth.
Gregorius slashed the deficit in half with his solo homer into Boston's bullpen in right field to lead off the fifth.
NOTES: Boston RHP Steven Wright will miss Thursday's scheduled start due to right shoulder inflammation sustained while sliding as a pinch-runner last Sunday. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez will start Thursday, LHP David Price will start Friday and RHP Clay Buchholz will return to the rotation Saturday. ... Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia hit leadoff for the first time this season, while regular leadoff hitter RF Mookie Betts batted third for the second time ever. ... New York manager Joe Girardi defended his decision not to start Alex Rodriguez in the first two games of the series in Boston. "My job description does not entail farewell tours," Girardi said Wednesday. ... Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 5.17 ERA) opposes Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.93 ERA) in Thursday's series finale


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